Team picture side

Rugby: A hooligans’ game played by gentlemen.

Colby Rugby Football Club

It is with great sadness that we must say goodbye to a member of our family today. On April 26, 2015 Peter Cronkite ’15 took his own life. Peter was devoted to Colby Rugby and a role model to everyone involved in the club.

In his four years at Colby Rugby, Peter played scrum half with an unconditional love for the sport, his club, and his teammates that embodies the spirit of the CRFC. During his tenure Peter was awarded many accolades at the position and was a staple of rugby here on campus.

If you wish to contribute to the Colby Echo memorial issue, please email any thoughts or comments to Kiernan Somers (kjsomers@colby.edu). In addition, at 5 p.m. today there will be an informal gathering in the Lorimer Chapel in his memory. Services will be in the Waterville area and the club will pass along information as it becomes available.

Peter was a great friend and leader to all those who knew him, as well as a figurehead of rugby on campus. Colby Rugby mourns the loss of one of our brothers today.

10293651_10152504218882861_2359680040892525939_oThe services for Pete Cronkite ’15 will be held this Saturday, May 2, at the Church of the Heavenly Rest located on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 90th Street. The funeral will begin at 11am. All are welcome. An additional memorial ceremony will be held in Waterville next week and CRFC will pass along details as soon as they become available.

If you would like to contribute to the Echo’s memorial issue, please send any comments or remarks (length does not matter) to Kiernan Somers at kjsomers@colby.edu by Thursday at 6pm. The issue will not be published online; however, if you would like to receive a printed copy, please contact Kiernan Somers.

The Cronkite family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Colby Rugby. See http://web.colby.edu/mensrugby/donate/ for more information.

Dear Rugby Alumni,

I am writing to share the incredibly sad news that a member of Colby’s senior class and a dedicated rugby player, Peter Cronkite, took his own life this weekend. Peter was very much at home in the rugby community, and I wanted to be sure that alumni who are part of that extended family were aware of this tremendous loss.

Below is the message President David A. Greene sent to the campus community this morning. Please feel free to be in touch.

Sincerely,

David A. Greene

_____

Dear Members of the Colby Community,

It is with deep sadness that I write to report that Peter Cronkite ’15 took his own life this weekend. Peter’s death is devastating to his family, his many friends, and the entire Colby community. Our hearts are heavy as we try to come to terms with this tremendous loss.

A classical civilization major and cinema studies minor from New York City, Peter was a dedicated member of the men’s rugby team and was sports editor of the Colby Echo. Peter had great passion for the ancient world, and he was slated to receive the department’s Foster Prize for Classical Civilization for achieving excellence in his major. His love of participating in athletics, which had been an important part of his life since he was very young, combined with his intelligence and kind, incredibly likeable personality, won him scores of friends and admirers at Colby.

I know I am not the only person for whom this raises intense emotions. Of course those who were closest to Peter bear the greatest burden. But the death of a member of our community is a loss for everyone. At this time it is especially important for us to remember our commitment to taking care of one another in every way we can. If you have concerns about yourself or anyone you know, please reach out to the Dean of Students Office, the counseling center, or the Office of Security.

We have opened the Rose Chapel today for any member of the community who would like a place for quiet reflection or to talk with a member of the counseling staff or chaplain staff. All are also welcome to drop into the health center or set up a meeting with a counselor through counseling@colby.edu or the Dean of Students Office (dos@colby.edu, 859-4250).

At 5 p.m. today we will gather informally in Lorimer Chapel to remember Peter and reflect on this loss. All are welcome. Additionally, we have lowered the flag in his memory. In the coming days we will be in touch with additional information about memorial services and opportunities to remember Peter. In the meantime, I hope you will watch out for one another and seek support for yourself as needed.

I know I speak for the entire community in expressing my condolences to Peter’s family and friends.

Sincerely,

David A. Greene
President

Alumni Gala a Great Success!

150772_930701623641300_3589993528045121682_n

A cheerful group of Colby Ruggers in NYC.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who joined us in New York City for our second Alumni Gala, which was a huge success! We hope you all had as fantastic a time as we did. Be sure to check out photos taken at the gala by clicking on the picture to the left, and if you have any more pictures or stories from the event you would like for us to post, or even any comments on how the event went, tweet at us @ColbyRugby, via the twitter icon above. As always, we’d love to hear from you. The club is ever grateful of any and all donations as a result of the gala, but if you didn’t get a chance to attend and would like to donate to the club, please follow this link! The club is still in need of funds, so we appreciate any and all donations to allow us to keep playing the greatest sport we know. Thank you all again for such a successful event and we hope to see you all at the next one!

Alumni Gala set for March 21st

We hope you will attend our Alumni Gala on March 21st in New York City! It will be held from 5-9pm at The Clarkson, where there will be an open bar and substantial nourishment. Tickets cost $95. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate the history of Colby Rugby alongside current players from both the Men’s and Women’s teams. For more information and registration, please click here!

Colby Finishes Season 2-4

The Colby Men’s Rugby Football Club ended the fall 2014 season with a 2-4 record. The team demonstrated a lot of growth on the field and looks forward to a strong spring season where the team will return some key players from injuries and study abroad.

Colby Starts off the Season Strong

The Colby Men’s Rugby Football Club started off the season with a bang, earning a hard fought 24 – 7 victory over a tenacious University of New England Squad. The team committed several mental errors to open the game; however buckled down and fought through the nerves. Shortly after Colby regained their composure, Darrien Pipkins ’17 struck in electric fashion dodging multiple defenders to slam down a try. Inspired, Colby pinned their ears back and dominated UNE, winning every scrum, ruck and lineout. Off a lineout, Jack Sears ’17 attacked the blind side, surprising the UNE defenders and was able to dash into the try zone from 55 yards out. Early on in the second half, Will Levesque ’18, playing in his first game as a Colby Mule, brilliantly defended a line out, stiripping the ball from a UNE attacker and powered 0ver the UNE fullback, dominantly carrying the ball into the try zone for Coby’s third try of the day. On the ensuing kickoff, Pipkins broke through the UNE line and combined with Jonathan Cabour ’17 on a 75 yard combination play. In the final minutes of the Game, UNE was able to capitalize on a Colby mistake and punched the ball through the Colby line off of a 5 meter scrum. An Outstanding performance from 8-man Pipkins on line outs, where he won nearly every set piece, earned the Man of the Match award.

The Start to the Fall 2014 Season

The Colby Men’s Rugby Football Club has its schedule for the new season! We will be opening up against the University of New England on Saturday the 13th at their campus in Biddeford. The complete schedule has been posted on the Schedule/Results page. This semester, four of Colby’s games will be away, with the two home defenses dated for October 4th and 24th, against Bates and Maine Maritime Academy respectively.

Students interested in joining or learning more about the club are strongly encouraged to attend our season-opening meeting on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3rd in LOVEJOY 100 at 5 p.m.

Update on Colby Rugby Fundraising Efforts

Friends of Colby Rugby,

We are happy to announce that we have reached our $17.5K goal for 2015-16 seasons! Without the support of you, our alumni, the club would be lost! Although we have achieved our goal, we still have a lot of work to do to secure the future of the club in the coming years. We hope that you will consider making a gift of a similar amount in following years. Anyone can make a pledge or gift and specify for years to come (e.g. “Rugby 2016-17″). We hope you consider this if you can or if you have not had the chance to donate yet! Once again, thank you for your continued support of rugby here at Colby.

Go Mules,
Colby Rugby Football Club

 

2014 Spring season begins March 15th

Colby Men’s Rugby will kick off its season this weekend at the annual Striper 7’s Derby, a tournament held by the Central Maine Stripers. The competition will feature teams from Colby’s regular season schedule, including UMF and Bates, as well as opponents from separate leagues unknown to the Mules thus far. The men will play a minimum of four games on Saturday, with an opportunity for more depending on success.